Author Archives: Mike Pruden

Broncs thump Laramie in season opener

Broncs thump Laramie in season opener

SHERIDAN — In the nine months since the Sheridan High School football team last flipped a coin and traded blows with another team in the state, the Broncs haven’t missed a beat. A blocked punt, a touchdown, five more touchdowns and a 42-13 blowout opened the 2016 campaign on the right foot for the reigning… Continue Reading

Finally, Friday nights

Finally,  Friday nights

Pretty soon, Carrie Underwood is going to let us all know how long she’s been waiting for Sunday night. The NFL season is right around the corner, and college football kicks off even sooner with a game in Australia Friday. But I’m here to tell you I’ve been waiting all summer for Friday night. It’s… Continue Reading

Doubleday Sports Complex fills SRD’s needs

Doubleday Sports Complex fills SRD’s needs

SHERIDAN — Sheridan Recreation District president Don Julian was eager to repeat some news at Wednesday’s SRD board meeting that would bring some big and needed changes to the district. Although the news of the new Doubleday Sports Complex was officially announced at Monday’s City Council meeting, Julian passed along the information to the rest… Continue Reading

Witnessing Olympic history

Quick update: Bryan Clauson was an organ donor. His organs saved five lives. He extended the race for five people. That’s important, and that’s            Bryan Clauson. Speaking of races, though, the last week and a half has been chock full of them, and we’re not even going to get into… Continue Reading

A love for the track

There’s this picture of race car driver Bryan Clauson. He’s being hoisted in the air by a group of friends — “goofball buddies” one of them posted on Facebook Monday. Clauson was involved in a devastating crash Saturday at a midget race in Kansas, and he died Sunday from injuries sustained in the crash. He… Continue Reading

Troopers fall to Bellingham, close out best season in 19 years

Troopers fall to Bellingham, close out best season in 19 years

SHERIDAN — The season didn’t end the way the Sheridan Troopers expected, in more ways than one. The Troopers lost a tough Northwest Regional Tournament matchup with Bellingham, Washington, Thursday, 8-1, wrapping up the extended season for Sheridan. While two straight losses at the regional tournament weren’t ideal, simply making it to the tournament was… Continue Reading

POSTSEASON PRESSURE: Troopers fall to Scarlets; six named All-State

POSTSEASON PRESSURE: Troopers fall to Scarlets; six named All-State

SHERIDAN — There wasn’t much the Troopers could do. That’s what head coach Ben Phillips said after the Sheridan baseball team got thumped in the opening game of the Northwest Regional Tournament Wednesday in Cheyenne. The Billings Scarlets beat the Troopers 16-2 in seven innings. “We played good defense,” Phillips said before shifting credit to… Continue Reading

Oh, say can you Zika

Five hundred and forty American athletes will don the red, white and blue for the next two weeks as the 2016 Olympic Games kick off Friday in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Those poor blokes. When I say that Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city, I mean beautifully corrupt, crime-ridden and… Continue Reading

Troopers cruise to victory in second round at state

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Troopers split the regular-season series with the Gillette Roughriders 2-2, but the Troopers didn’t hesitate to prove they’re the better team in Wednesday’s rubber match. Thanks to an 8-run third inning, Sheridan cruised to a 16-4 victory over Gillette in the second round of the Wyoming AA State Tournament in Jackson… Continue Reading

Cherishing sports memories

My grandmother died Monday morning after a quick but atrocious bout with cancer. That’s redundant, though. All bouts with cancer are atrocious. Cancer sucks. I’ve typed that two-word sentence far too often in this Wednesday column. But man does cancer suck. I tell you this not for your sympathy or kind words and gestures. Although… Continue Reading

SRD sees $200,000 decrease in budget

SHERIDAN — As expected, the Sheridan Recreation District will head into the 2016-17 fiscal year in the same position as most establishments across the state: on a much tighter budget. The SRD board of directors approved the $1 million 2016-17 budget Wednesday night. The budget came up about $200,000 less than the previous year. Despite… Continue Reading

Scores soar, times drop on second night of rodeo

Scores soar, times drop on second night of rodeo

SHERIDAN — Only one bull rider posted a score on the first night of rodeo. Things were different at performance two, though, as a number of riders capped off the evening with some top scores. None were more impressive than Fruita, Colorado’s, Tyler Smith, who went through quite a ride even before his eight seconds… Continue Reading

Simple acts of kindness

Sometimes, as fans of sport, we have to stop and realize what we are watching. We have to understand that there’s more to it than painting our faces and demanding personal enjoyment from the game we are watching. We’ll always have water coolers to meet at Monday morning and argue over Kevin Durant’s decision to… Continue Reading

Out of Focus: Cody sweeps Jets in error-riddled doubleheader

Out of Focus: Cody sweeps Jets in error-riddled doubleheader

SHERIDAN — Midway through the Sheridan Jets’ first game against Cody Saturday, Jets head coach Cody Koch called timeout and gathered his players at the pitcher’s mound. The Jets were trailing just 3-1, but the frustration was mounting and it ended up costing the home team as they were swept in the day’s doubleheader. Sheridan… Continue Reading

Silencing the critics

I’m sure you all were on pins and needles waiting for my NBA Finals analysis last week, and I’m sure you all were devastated when it didn’t show up on the sports page. Well, I was out of town all last week, and I honestly just forgot to send in my column. But it also… Continue Reading

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